When Derrick Procell began writing songs with Grammy winner Terry Abrahamson, he hadn't planned on releasing the music under his own name. But as overwhelming positive feedback from other blues artists came back -- all of them wondering who the singer/producer was -- it became clear that Procell needed the world to hear his versions of the songs before they became hits for others.
After releasing self-produced CDs under the Americana banner, "Why I Choose to Sing the Blues" is Procell’s debut blues album. Most of the 12 original songs were co-written with Abrahamson, while the others are solo Procell compositions.
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"Blues fans around the world who are seeking smart, powerful modern blues songs that honor the legacy of the genre’s masters will find it here. ... It’s refreshing to hear an album that is entirely devoted to the service of the song. Highly recommended!" - Chicago Blues Guide
Marty's review: Derrick Procell takes the blues by the horn on this release and gets down and dirty with 12 sizzling tracks that come out at you with power, force and passion. Derricks vocals are more than suited to singing the Delta blues and the production and backup on this album are tight, bold and brassy. Blues aficionados will eat this one up.
A fiery live performer since his early days covering blues classics with his college band, Parchman Farm, Procell brings his full energy to the proceedings whether he's playing piano or harmonica. What really sets him apart, though, is his soulful, passionate, gritty vocals. Procell has become a sought-after studio singer for television and radio ads, and his songs have been included in such high-profile programs as "The Office," "Boston Legal," "True Blood" and "Criminal Minds."
"Some of the best songwriting I've heard in a long time; great lyrics, great melodies, great grooves. A record that's good enough for musicians to enjoy, but also really musically accessible. ... His singing style reminds me of Marc Cohn, Gregg Allman or Delbert McClinton. It's a refreshingly different blues record because there are a lot of styles, not just a bunch of 12-bar blues songs. Smart songwriting, great singing, playing and arranging." - Amazon.com
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